NBA Analyst Mark Jackson says Phil Jackson is a ‘Failure’ as an Executive
By Brandon Simmons
NBA analyst Mark Jackson is here to let you know that he is not a fan of New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson. Actually, he might not be the only one, but according to USA Today, he broke down his reasoning in a conference call to promote ESPN and ABC’s NBA Finals coverage:
“If I look at the numbers, look at the body of work, I can say that 6 championships later, Phil Jackson is one of the greatest coaches in the history of sports. Not just basketball, but in sports. And I can say that definitely. And I can also say that the guy running the New York Knicks, he’s done a poor job. When you look at the results, he’s been a failure thus far. Carmelo Anthony is an outstanding basketball player that has handled himself these last couple of years…At the end of the day, he negotiated a no-trade clause. I think (Phil is) going about it the wrong way trying to force him out. He has all the power and he’s taking full advantage of it.”
Jackson was hired by the Knicks in March 2014 and things have not turned out as hope. That year, he fired coach Mike Woodson and the entire staff. The coaches he chose after that have fell way below expectations. Jackson hired Derek Fisher to his first coaching position but he was ultimately fired. Jackson resigned All-star Carmelo Anthony to a $100 million contract and the now infamous, no-trade clause. Arguably, his best move came when the Knicks drafted forward Kristaps Porzingis with the number 4 overall pick in 2015; but even that could possibly backfire with rumors of Porzingis’ frustration about the team’s current direction. However, none of this stopped the Knicks from picking up Jackson’s final 2 years of his contract as an executive with the team.
Phil Jackson failing as a neither a hot take or an honorable one either. To be fair, the GOAT himself, Michael Jordan, was obviously a great player but had a bumpy start to ownership with the Washington Wizards, where he became a minority owner in 2000 and then played for in 2001. He then had a little bit better luck with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets when he bought a controlling interest in the team and led them to a few playoff appearances. But Jackson is a lot older than Jordan and might not be able to deal with the stress of draft picks, free agents , salary cap and not forcing his coaching philosophy upon coaches.
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